Best Things to do in New Farm

The historic inner city suburb of New Farm with its expansive river frontage, iconic park, indie arts hub the Brisbane Powerhouse and village lifestyle, is a mecca of fantastic things to do. 

From arts and culture to shops, walks, parks and cafes, here are some of the neighbourhood gems you need to discover:

It’s hard to find a more iconic venue than Brisbane Powerhouse. Spend a night or relaxing Sunday afternoon at Brisbane’s premier arts venue indulging in the spectacle of the weird and wonderful
The city’s grandest century old park, a sprawling 15 has space, is the green heart of the inner city, with rose gardens, rotunda, massive fig tree playground and more
A cafe called Kevin is a hot new brunch spot in New Farm, with an all-day menu of delicious, wholesome fare
Since 1975, this sliver of Italy in New Farm has kept locals supplied with their fix of cheese, cured meats, and more
Dicki’s in New Farm is changing the concept of veganism, creating the most delicious plant-based dishes that appeal to every diner – not just vegans
A charming, specialty coffee cafe in New farm offering organic, plant-based fare along with vintage wares & potted plants
Joedy's Cafe, opposite New Farm Park, provides delicious foodie fare for breakfast & lunch, along with specialty coffee
Mary Mae's is a sprawling New Orleans-inspired riverside bar restaurant on the ground floor of the Brisbane Powerhouse
In the heart of Merthyr Village lies this one stop emporium for books, gifts, trinkets, kidstuff and lovely things for the home.
The iconic Village Twin Cinema, renamed New Farm Cinemas, features the famous Purple Room in fully restored glory
The nearest thing to a true taste of France to be found on these shores, Chouquette is a heaven-sent little boulangerie patisserie
Hey Mr. is a buzzy neighbourhood cafe in New Farm housed in a historic corner store dishing up delicious all-day brunch fare
A stalwart on the New Farm bar scene, this rustic art deco cocktail joint behind the chrome and oak doors is the spot for a cosy tete a tete.
Located along Merthyr Road in New Farm, lies Brisbane’s hub for wholesome decadence, Mylk + Ko.
Located at the end of Brunswick St is this cosy cafe with views overlooking the Brisbane River and New Farm Park
A French-inspired patisserie cafe in the heart of New Farm offering fresh croissants, pastries, baguettes, gelati and more
Heal House is Brisbane’s most exclusive guest house – a magnificent historic Queenslander with just three luxury suites tucked away in a quiet New Farm Street.
Hellbound is serving exclusive spirits, craft beers and American-inspired dishes in their edgy New Farm bar.
In a clandestine spot and painted a discreet dark grey, Spicers on Balfour is a traditional Queenslander converted into this sublime guest hotel that is in a class of its own.
The best things are almost always found in out of the way places and no more so than Double Shot Espresso
This gallery is one of Brisbane’s leading art spaces, showcasing the best of contemporary Australian art
These markets with the imposing backdrop of the old power station, are a Brisbane foodie's paradise
This walk of around an hour and a half to two hours, depending on stops, begins at New Farm CityCat Terminal
Merthyr Bowls Club is arguably the pick of venues for a weekend game of barefoot bowls.
Is it a bar or a restaurant – both really, but who cares when you’re sitting on the wide jutting balcony inhaling the cool river air
The Moray might be one of New Farm’s oldest cafes, but it has a cool contemporary look and menu
Be transported through India and Nepal at New Farm Curry House, offering authentic cuisine from curries to momos
This leafy riverside trail of around 6km return includes the option for a meander through the ex convict farm and racecourse that is now the splendid New Farm Park
Blue Bear Coffeehouse is a charming, folksy cafe bar found on a leafy New Farm street corner serving delicious food
Common Vice is a laid-back neighbourhood eatery and bar on a leafy New Farm corner, a short stroll from Brisbane Powerhouse
Nestled in a leafy enclave close to the river and park, this character low-rise hotel with tranquil garden occupies a converted block of interwar flats.
This charming corner brasserie has been a constant crowd pleaser since opening over two decades ago
Brisbane's first vertical restaurant situated four storeys above ground has just opened, offering a unique, thrilling dining experience
Grand old dame of New Farm, The Brunswick Hotel has ushered in a new era as a gastro pub, garden bar and lounge bar.

A unique fashion boutique offering a curated range of quality fashion labels from Australia and overseas

Brisbane's first permanent outdoor cinema has opened at the Brisbane Powerhouse in time for summer 2023-24

Looking to discover more hidden gems of Brisbane, check out our Guide to Brisbane Suburbs HERE! Happy exploring!

Top Things To Do In Brisbane This Week

Multi-award winning choreographer Stephanie Lake returns to Brisbane
Brisbane Arcade is celebrating 100 years
Broadway Bingo is an unpredictable, madcap, musical experience
Brisbane Bel Canto is a new week-long festival of opera
Lace-up those running shoes and mark your calendars
Join 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty in conversation
Brisbane's favourite funny festival is back!
Sip, Savour & Soirée is a fabulous long brunch event
Experience the magnificent stage show spectacular

Circus Fun House

Roll up! Roll up! Join Ringmaster Francois and his crazy Circus Fun House friends for a reimagined circus adventure at the Pink Flamingo Spiegeland
Circus Fun House


Superstar soprano Jessica Pratt will open and close Opera Queensland's new week-long festival of beloved Italian operas
Opera Queensland

Top Things to Do Apr 12-14

From a mega 3-day cake show, Tour de Brisbane and Star Wars at Westfield Chermside to a magical garden light show, some top things to do this weekend
This Weekend Apr 12-14

Star Wars: School Holiday Zone

Transport your family to a galaxy far, far away these school holidays with these free Star Wars-themed activities
Star Wars: School Holiday Zone

What's on in May in & around Brisbane

From mega comedy, cheese and writers festivals to Dawn French, Tom Gleeson and Geoffrey Robertson live, some of the top things to do in May
What's On in May 2024 around Brisbane
Brisbane's most thrilling one-of-a-kind restaurant!